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Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 10/10/2017 at 08:58

Morning all/afties Pat.

Been emptying my old wardrobe for the arrival of the new one. Just have to take it apart and get it in the car now  

Ppauper - I'm glad I now have no one to buy me perfume. I hate the stuff - makes me feel ill! I can't go into those department stores that have a glut of 'counters' with over made up bints trying to spray you when you walk past. ... 

Hope Hosta has a good drive.....

You must have needed the sleep Dove  

Making a Living Floral Arrrangement

Posted: 10/10/2017 at 08:50

Flowers by the Neuse - you're a flowers by the Nuisance


Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 09/10/2017 at 20:42

For anyone who's interested, there's a lovely prog about Mario Lanza on Sky Arts just now, although it's repeated a few times this week as well.  

Very interesting Dacha - about the grid lines - if somewhat odd!

Wildlife photos

Posted: 09/10/2017 at 20:29

Really gorgeous Mark. You're right - we have a wealth of fabulous wildlife here. I think it's sad that so many people never experience it for real, but at least with places like that, it gives them a taster, and will maybe prompt them into exploring their surroundings more. 

Lovely photos Bob. The frosty goldfinches would have made a lovely card! I was lucky enough to get a couple of nuthatches appearing regularly in my garden last winter. They're not common in Scotland, so I'm hoping they keep visiting again this winter. We have a small National Trust garden nearby, so they're probably resident in there. 

Cracking red squirrel pic doc. I've posted this before, but this one was waiting in a tree as I headed off to do Beinn Dearg in Blair Atholl two years ago. 

Little juvenile wren has been visiting recently so I managed to get a couple of pix. They were through the kitchen window, so not brilliant. Enjoyed watching his/her antics, especially the day it was tussling with a worm in among the hedging along the boundary fence 

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 09/10/2017 at 20:04

Dacha - I was mor etaken with the intriguing pattern on your legs.....

Your feet look better than mine   

DD - I think the kitten isn't the only one sh***ing on you. 'Daddy' needs reminding that he has responsibility too perhaps? Cheeky of the customers too. Glad you're getting on so well with your business though - or maybe too well at times! You're such a grafter, so it's terrific that it's all coming together. We're here for your venting any time  

I need to go and empty a chest of drawers now for shifting to daughter's room, and then empty and take apart my wardrobe, ready for the new being delivered tomorrow. Really can't be bothered after working outside today concreting in more path edging, digging,  and shovelling gravel. 

What is happening to my Skimmia?

Posted: 09/10/2017 at 19:53

Yes - let us know how you get on. Lots of people struggle with them if the soil isn't right, and they get chlorotic, but they're good shrubs  in the right spot with their flowers and berries. Great structure in the winter garden when other planting has died back too.  

Is it ok to plant in autumn?

Posted: 09/10/2017 at 19:48

Good luck with them Stephanie - the Gunnera and Fatsia are nice big statement plants, and great foliage on them.

Although the Eucalyptus can get huge, they're nice when given a hard prune each year as you get the best of the foliage colour  

Little green extraterrestrial plant

Posted: 09/10/2017 at 19:41

It'll easily scrape off the top of the soil. You can then replace it with some new compost. A layer of grit will help, although I still get some on those, especially if the pots are in the shade long term. Pots of crocus are the usual ones   

What to do with a small North facing area

Posted: 09/10/2017 at 19:36

Yes - Eleagnus will be plenty hardy enough, as would common old Laurel. It doesn't mind cold, wet ground, although I'd make sure the Eleagnus had  better drainage if you go for that. 

Staggering planting is a good idea, as it helps filter the wind better. It depends on the amount of ground you have to play with of course. 

Pruning castor oil plant

Posted: 09/10/2017 at 19:30

I agree with Paul - remove complete stems right back at the main one, and take off any dead or very yellow ones. You can reduce the height and width that way if you want. 

I love them and they can get very big indeed. Great foliage plants. I wouldn't be without them in my garden. They can get droopy after some hard frosts, but if you have then in a suitable spot, they can take a fair bit of bad weather. I regularly get new growth damaged by frosts, but once it warms up, you can take that off. 

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